Each of the miniature cities located on the Amalfi Coast has its own character. Its capital Amalfi is a commune with about 6 thousand inhabitants and is part of the province of Salerno. This is a town with a dozen first-class hotels, a unique cathedral with Byzantine mosaics, Romanesque columns and a Saracen dome. It is believed that the relics of St. Andrew the First-Called are kept in this cathedral, so the flow of Christian pilgrims to the city does not dry out. Amalfi has not only an interesting history, but also amazingly beautiful nature, clear sea and a huge number of attractions.
According to best-medical-schools.com, the city is located on the slopes of the rocks, the houses are connected to each other by stairs carved in stone. Due to this specific location, there is no main street in the city, except for the embankment: the houses are connected by a network of narrow streets in the rocks. The terrace roofs are planted with lemon trees, so from above Amalfi looks like a solid park plus red and white walls of houses. By the way, it is in Amalfi that the famous limoncello liquor is produced, which tourists from many countries try to take away as a souvenir.
The Amalfi Coast was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
How to get there
- By bus from Sorrento, Salerno or Rome. Buses run frequently, but the road constantly winds along the serpentine.
- By train, you can get from any major city to Sorrento or Salerno, and from there to Amalfi by bus, which runs along the entire coast.
- By ferry is the most comfortable way. From Naples(runs from April to October), Sorrento, Positano or Salerno.
In Amalfi, you can get anywhere in the city by taxi or bus. Many coastal hotels offer special Unico Card bus passes: for a moderate fee, you can travel within 1-3 days to all the cities of the Amalfi Coast, Salerno, Sorrento and several other destinations. One of the types of such a pass, ARTECARD, also provides an opportunity to visit 2 to 5 attractions for free. The cost of Unico Card depends on the type and validity period. You need to buy them in advance (in bars, hotels, tobacco and newsstands), the driver does not sell tickets (bus schedule in Italian).
Among the hotels of the resort there are both modern buildings and real architectural monuments. In appearance, they look like castles or old manors, and the rooms resemble royal chambers.
The beaches in Amalfi are pebbly. There are no big waves here. Part of the beach area is free, while the other is divided among several restaurants, you will have to pay for the entrance. For a fee, you can order food from bars – it will be delivered directly to the sunbeds. The coast has everything you need: sun loungers, umbrellas, some beaches provide towels. In addition, most Amalfi beaches are equipped with fresh water showers.
Cuisine and restaurants
There are not just a lot of restaurants in Amalfi, there are too many of them, so everyone is sure to find a place to their liking. The menu is very different: from seafood to delicious pizza, homemade wine is often offered.
Attractions and attractions in Amalfi
Amalfi is not just a beach resort, sightseeing in the resort can take up your entire vacation. Especially attracts the attention of tourists the Cathedral of St. Andrew, built in 1073 by the Normans, who captured the city at that time. The ancient cathedral has many secrets and legends that you can learn about on a tour. According to legend, in 1208, the relics of one of the twelve apostles, St. Andrew the First-Called, the patron saint of Amalfi, were buried under the altar. A little higher on the mountain is the Capuchin Monastery (1212).
It is believed that in the 13th century. the relics of the Apostle of Christ Andrew the First-Called were transferred under the altar of the Cathedral, so pilgrims often come to Amalfi.
It is worth visiting the Chiostro del Paradiso (“Paradise Yard”), which was built in the 13th century. by order of Bishop Augustarikchio as a cemetery for wealthy citizens. Today this place is one of the most valuable architectural structures in southern Italy. Other places of interest are the 9th century Basilica of the Holy Crucifixion, the monument to Flavio Gioia (inventor of the compass) and the amazingly picturesque Emerald Grotto (Emerald Grotto).
Widely known in the Amalfi Paper Museum. After an exciting excursion, you can buy postcards, paper sets, handmade business cards here. The City Museum is also interesting, which contains manuscripts and manuscripts about the history of the city, created back in the 16th century. Perhaps the most famous exhibit is the project of the Tavole Amalfitane maritime code, which operated in the Italian Mediterranean from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
The local excursion program includes visiting the cities of Sorrento, Naples, the islands of Ischia and Capri, Vesuvius, as well as the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii – in general, there is something to do.
If you decide to visit the Amalfi resort in summer, don’t miss the famous Lemon Festival. During the extravaganza, you will enjoy not only the original holiday, but also the exquisite Limoncello liqueur, and you will also be able to taste many Italian wines.
Activities & Nightlife
Amalfi is a place where you can not get bored: sailing, horseback riding, diving, sports games – this resort has entertainment for every taste. Those who prefer incendiary parties by the sea, which do not fade away until the morning, will also have somewhere to go. With children in Amalfi, you can walk in the most beautiful picturesque parks.
Weather in Amalfi
Amalfi has a Mediterranean climate. It is warm here in winter – +13…+17 °C, and in summer it is very hot, the temperature does not fall below +26 °C.